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Sat 25 March 2017, 11:00 – 15:00 GMT
This event is aimed at academics, health providers and anyone with tinnitus (and their family and friends). There are a number of aims to this event, but first and foremost, we aim to provide an interesting day looking at tinnitus from a variety of viewpoints.
Firstly, researchers at Leeds Trinity University have an interest in and a past record of researching tinnitus as condition. It appeals in particular to psychologists as tinnitus is a very subjective and personal condition, and one that is hard for others to appreciate. We are seeking to utilise the skills and resources of the university but also to gather interested parties from other universities in order to form a new tinnitus research group that encompasses FOUR UK Universities. Not all of these academics have tinnitus (though some do), so this is a vital starting opportunity to meet people with tinnitus, to hear their stories, and to most readily appreciate what having tinnitus really means. In return, researchers will be presenting their current research, and suggesting interventions and future direction. These include Dr James Jackson (Leeds Trinity University) and Professor David Baguley (University of Nottingham). In addition, Leeds Trinity University is home to the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS), a research centre keen on undertaking i-documentaries (i-docs) whereby they assist communities in making their own documentary their way. Tinnitus has a story to tell.
People with tinnitus will be able to learn more about their condition, perhaps have a bit of fun along the way, and to contribute to future research. Local self-help groups are invited too. Are certain suggested interventions credible? If not, why not? Here is a chance to make your voices heard.
Audiologists and hearing therapists will also be present, both NHS and private, with three local NHS trusts represented: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. Researchers may research, but it is audiologists and hearing therapists who are best placed to help those with tinnitus.
Finally, the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) will be present, as will the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service. The latter provides expert help to researchers within the NHS and those wishing to work with the NHS in the design and development of high quality research.
Together, there is going to be a lot of know-how and a wealth of experience in the same place at the same time. We would like to encourage as many people with tinnitus as possible (and friends and family) to join us here at Leeds Trinity University (Saturday 25th March). Everyone will come away knowing something about tinnitus that they didn’t know before, perhaps a few tricks, perhaps some advice on what works best for other people.